Push Braces injury topics

Injury Topics

In this section you will find all kind of articles about injuries. On a regular basis, we publish a new topic written by professionals. Current articles are written by N. Koekebakker, a certified Hand Therapist and Dr F.J.G. Backx who is specialized in sports related medical issues. Are you interested in a specific topic? Please don't hesitate to send your suggestions.

> New research: Brace vs tape

 Medical guidelines for general practitioners state that injury to ankle ligament should be treated for a period of six weeks with tape. However, new research now shows that an ankle brace is just as effective as tape. Professor in sports medicine at the Universitair Medisch Centrum Utrecht (UMCU), Frank Backx, compared the effect of an ankle brace with ankle tape in a scientific research project.
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> The benefit of a brace

 Every year, many athletes injure themselves. Ankle injuries are a common occurrence.  Indoor athletes run a higher risk. Stumbling, an incorrect push-off or an over-rotation can often lead to ligament damage. In order to prevent an ankle injury, a brace can be extremely beneficial. Explosive and sudden movements where the foot is perpendicular to the direction of movement can quickly lead to a ligament injury.
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> CMC-1 osteoarthritis

CMC-1 osteoarthritis is a common disorder of the carpometacarpal joint of the thumb, also referred to as degenerative joint disease. The carpometacarpal joint of the thumb consists of the first metacarpal (os metacarpale) and the trapezium bone (os trapezium). Together, they constitute the saddle joint, the two planes of which do not fit together exactly. It is in fact an incongruent joint. If the ligament of this joint slackens, the joint may become unstable. 
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> Ankle Sprain

 An ankle sprain is an overstretching or a (partial) tearing of the ankle ligaments. A person almost always sprains with the ankle towards the outside so that damage to the outer ankle ligaments may occur. After an ankle sprain a swelling often occurs on the outside of the ankle and a contusion may be noticed after some time. If an ankle is sprained more seriously, moving and loading the ankle joint may be painful or even impossible. 
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> Jumper's knee (patellar tendinopathy)

 A jumpers knee is an overuse injury located at the insertion of the patellar tendon being attached on the lower edge of the kneecap (patella). The patellar tendon / ligament joins the kneecap (patella) to the shin bone (tibia). This tendon is extremely strong and allows the quadriceps muscle group to straighten the leg. The quadriceps actively straighten the knee in jumping to propel the individual off the ground as well as functioning in stabilizing their landing. So, it is not surprising that this overload injury has a high incidence in jumping and interval sports like volleyball, handball, korfball, althought it has a high frequency in soccer, tennis, field hockey and track-and-field also.
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